Celebrating Threads of Love – Handloom

Chanderi Cotton Sari
Handloom Sarees
Prasanthi Kadiyala
The Secret Label
Sustainable Indian Fashion Blogger
Aim for Glam

Saree – The Secret Label (Sold Out, Similar One) ; Earrings – The Loom (Similar); Lipstick – Chanel

My journey as a fashion blogger, has helped me get an insight into various aspects of the industry and boosted my respect towards Handlooms & on the textiles produced in India. You might have heard me say this a number of times now, and I keep on saying that to bring a little awareness to my readers about Indian fabrics and the craftsmanship of our artisans, in curating them. We are in this contemporary space, where we value fast fashion more than our traditional, slow and loved fashion and I as a fashion enthusiast and a believer in sustainable lifestyle practices, want that to change. So here I am ‘Celebrating Threads of Love’ on this National Handloom Day (and everyday ofcourse!) and sharing another handwoven piece from my wardrobe 🙂

It’s a Chanderi Sari!! Chanderi is one of my most favorite fabrics for its lightweight, sheer texture and the luxurious feel. The fabric is named after the small town Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh, India, where traditional weavers practice the art of producing textured Saris in cotton and silk decorated with fine Zari work. This fabric can be classified into three types – Chanderi silk cotton, pure silk, and Chanderi cotton. The creation of unique buttis or motifs and the transparent or sheer texture of Chanderi fabric are the two prime characteristics that distinguish it from other handloom fabrics. [source – Utsavpedia]

I have a Chanderi Silk Sari (click here to read the post) which I got from my Mom, so I wanted to add a Chanderi cotton Sari to my collection. I was browsing the collection from this online store ‘The Secret Label” and I found this gorgeous Sari there which I couldn’t say no to. Black is one of my favorite colors and it has a very pretty motif pattern all over the Sari, which I really love 🙂 They have a multi-designer collection and they support a lot of artisans and craftsman who are involved in the process of curating these outfits, being a home-grown company 🙂 And more than anything, these artists and local/small businesses need our support during the tough times, so they can make their livelihood! This was one of the many reasons why I love supporting sustainable fashion and especially Indian handlooms 🙂

Coming back to the details of my look, I paired my Sari with a Maroon colored blouse that has some hints of gold. I received the Sari with the edges stitched and ready to wear, which was really unexpected (I have mentally prepared myself to hand-stitch the edges) and truly amazing! It was super comfortable to wear at home. As you know, I like to keep it simple, so I’ve paired it with some dual-toned earrings that I got a few years back from ‘The Loom’ and finished off with half updo hair, a red lip, and a bindi. I wanted it to look and feel effortless, and I’m happy with the overall look! Let me know what you guys think and I’ll be back with a new post shortly!

Lots of Love,

Prasanthi

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